ABC set to burn-off 'Scrubs' and 'Better Off Ted'
Acclaimed comedies will air double-doses in January
Follow HitFix: Follow @hitfix
ABC has set a January schedule that includes Tuesday double-doses of both "Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted," effectively allowing the network to burn off the limited runs of both comedies.
Both "Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted" received 13 episode orders and only premiered in December, but both low-rated comedies are now on-track to finish their seasons by the end of January, before "Lost" returns.
With the schedule announced by ABC on Thursday, "Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted" will air in their current 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. slots through the end of December. As was previously revealed, ABC will air two episodes of "Better Off Ted" and one "Scrubs" episode on Friday, Jan. 1 following the Rose Bowl.
Then, starting on January 5, new episodes of "Scrubs" will air at 8:00 and 9:00, with new episodes of "Better Off Ted" airing at 8:30 and 9:30. On one hand, that's a pretty strong night of new comedy for the month of January. On the other (more realistic) hand, ABC is sure going to a lot of effort to jettison its remaining commitments to the two critically adored shows.
A pragmatic viewpoint would be that both "Scrubs" and "Better Off Ted" were slightly oddball renewals back in May and that ABC's standards for comedy viewership are even higher this year than last thanks to the success of "Modern Family" and the relative success of "Cougar Town" and even "The Middle." By those standards the most recent audiences for "Scrubs" (under 4.3 million viewers and a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49) and "Better Off Ted" (under 3.2 million viewers and a 1.3 demo rating) couldn't cut it.
ABC hasn't announced an official fate for either "Better Off Ted" or "Scrubs" and it's doubtful that anything formal will be announced until May.
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
Looking for something to watch?
Let Streaming Genie help you.
Let Streaming Genie help you.